We had 44 U11's at the first training evening for 2 years! It was great fun to see so many out enjoying themselves in the Spring sun. Many thanks to Zoe Sheffield for organising the younger session with the assistance of Alastair Poulain, Suse and Jon Hammond and Neil Woodford. We also have some U14s helping; Jamie Hatch, Toby Lackford as well as Ted Spivey who is doing his Silver Duke of Edinburgh volunteering with us. This looked to be a lot of fun and very engaging.
The older group also had fun under the watchful eyes of Mark Thurman, Ali Hatch and Iain Lackford.
20 of these players had their 1st intra-club game on Sunday with 6s and 4s being hit and several great catches. Much of the bowling is still a work in progress but we will hopefully be competitive in the Mid-wessex league this year.
The older U14s group of 14 had a middle practice with Matt Pardoe (cricket professional at Sherborne Boys' School) which went very well. The younger group of 12 had a net session with Mark Thurman and Rob Hooper looking after them.
Four of the U14s made their men's debut playing in an intra-club friendly. They all bowled well with Jamie Hatch & Max Dangerfield being economical, however Aarv Paul took his first ever adult wicket! Runs proved harder to come by (was the adult bowling that good?) but Ted Spivey batted through 6 overs, scoring 9*, and was there when his side struck the winning run.
Our 1st Compton Youth player to make his Dorset Saturday League Division 1 debut, since the youth set-up began 7 years ago, was Max Dangerfield. He was awarded man-of-the-match having scored 23, taken a catch and bowling 5 overs for 21 runs taking 1 wicket, in a narrow loss against Puddletown. We would love to see more Youth stepping up in the coming years.
My thanks to everyone who is helping out this year in making the first couple of weeks go so smoothly.
As always we could do with more help at the club - registering, behind the bar, tidying up, 1st aiders, and assistance managing/coaching (throw downs in the net, catching/fielding practices, working with small groups are usual places to start) the players. If you're interested on either front please do get in touch.
Here's to a dry, sunny and covid free 2021 season!!
Youth Co-ordinator CHCC